ORIENTAL MINDORO – In April 2019, two (2) registered workers’ associations were approved to receive DOLE livelihood assistance for their proposed projects. Women Workers Guides for Long Development (WoW GuLod) in Brgy. Gulod, Calapan City was awarded with Php499,114 livelihood fund for its meat processing project. In the 2nd district of Oriental Mindoro, the Samahang Mangingisda ng Banilad (SAMBA) located in Brgy. Banilad, Pinamalayan received Php500,000 for its bakery project. Initially, these associations registered a total of 61 direct beneficiaries.

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director, Mr. Joel M. Gonzales, led the awarding in two separate occasions.  In his message, he expressed optimism that the two associations will make their respective projects profitable and sustainable. He reminded them that the success of the project will be measured according to its objectives such as employment generation, income augmentation of the members and sustainability. He handed over the check to the recipient-associations in the presence of DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office staff headed by Engr. Juliana H. Ortega, association members and local government officials.

On the part of the beneficiaries, WoW GuLod and SAMBA reciprocated DOLE assistance through their leaders’ message of commitment and thanks. “We feel indebted to DOLE for the big amount of money for our bakery. Rest assured that we will do our best to carry out and enrich our project to become more beneficial to our members, to our families and to the community,” Mr. Bernie Señorin, President of SAMBA, said.

For the said projects, the Barangay Local Government acts as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) who shall take care of the procurement of raw materials, tools and equipment necessary in the operation of business through a bidding process. ACP also monitors the progress of the project on a regular basis.

Under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), DOLE provides livelihood assistance to self-employed workers, low-wage or seasonal workers and others in the informal sector to promote entrepreneurship and community enterprises. This contributes to poverty reduction and reduces the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova